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Museum Collection

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Photo: World Rugby Museum

The World Rugby Museum has the oldest, most extensive and important collection of rugby football memorabilia in the world. The collection includes over 10,000 objects, 7000 pieces of archival material and between 7-8000 photographs.

The World Rugby Museum is a museum of international rugby history and includes objects from all over the globe.

Since the birth of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in 1871, a variety of rugby memorabilia has been collected. Our collection includes dusty minute books, faded letters, early match programmes and tickets for memorable games.

1937 War Jersey and Cap

Photo: World Rugby Museum

More recently, with an acquisition policy, our collection has developed to include historical and contemporary photographs, videos, artworks, equipment and other miscellaneous objects.

As part of the World Rugby Museum’s dedication to the preservation of rugby artefacts, a set of guidelines has been produced to advise clubs how they can best care for their collections. To view the policy, please visit the collection care page.

The World Rugby Museum archive and collections are available to researchers and scholars to view upon appointment. Please contact the museum on 0208 892 8877 to make arrangements.